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On 18th August 2019, peacefully in his 74thyear surrounded by his doting family on a magnificent West Coast day in his piece of paradise. Dearly loved soul mate and hubby of 51 years to Jan and father to his three very proud and adoring children Shaun, Maria (Robinson) and Cherie (Moore). Loved father-in-law to Susan, Brent and Jason and hero to his 8 grandsons Brook, Taylor, Thomas, Adam, Blake, Travis, George and Hugh. Precious son to the late George & Patricia Drylie and admired brother of Roger & Pam Drylie, Rosemary & Ron Bothwell and Beth & Alan Tester. Dearly loved by the Rodger families and his many friends throughout the Coast community.

A truly amazing man who has extracted the most from life with his family and in the communities which he has stoically served. John’s passing has broken our hearts but we feel so privileged to have walked with him through parts of his life journey. Messages to 60 Ballarat Rise, RD 2, Hokitika 7882.

A service to celebrate John’s life will be held at the Westland Boys’ Brigade Hall, 290 Hampden Street, Hokitika, on Thursday 22ndAugust at 1pm, followed by a gathering to share fellowship and refreshments in the Hall. Family will then lay John to rest in a private burial service at the Hokitika Cemetery.